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IT WONT STOP HURTING!!! [Mar. 12th, 2008|01:42 am]
Let me tell you something about myself...

Some people can get by with only a little sleep. Some people stay up past midnight surfing the net... others wake up in the wee hours and log onto forums when they should at least be trying to consider the impact of sleep depravation on their body (and if they're on the USA Eastern Seaboard might be told by the Foxaroo to get their tail back into bed).

Stephan (yours truly) however is an animal who cannot cope without his full eight hours per night. Anything less and I'm not able to function properly during the day. Poor judgement, irritiability, headaches, dizyness and difficulty applying myself to tasks even that I enjoy.

At the time of writing this, it's 1:50am in Sydney, Australia. There is no place I would rather be than horizontal in a state of REM sleep, but this cannot be achieved at the present point in time.

In the space of five hours I've taken THREE nurofen tablets and TWO temazepam, but I'm wide awake and my shoulder HURTS LIKE HELL!!!

There's another 12 hours 40 minutes until the ultrasound on my arm. I don't know how I'm going to survive that long.

Somebody please come and knock me unconscious.

[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-03-11 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I'm too far away to knock you out, but I'll pray for your comfort. In the meantime, you and Sleepy John can form a club.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-11 08:02 pm (UTC)
Haha! Wasn't that Marmoe who used the "hair club"?

Thanks though. I was very fortunate; I did manage to return to sleep fairly quickly. My shoulder hurts only a little bit this morning. I'm presuming that movement in the arm gradually increases the pain, so I'm trying to hold the arm perfectly still as much as possible. I wont be taking my briefcase on the train today (since I'd need one arm for the case and the other to hold onto handrails).

Ultrasound this afternoon, and I pray for two things: That I can survive the time in between and that the doctors can fix the problem easily.
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2008-03-11 09:26 pm (UTC)
The next time you bring it, use the same arm but try to get a vertical handrail and wrap your arm around it. It's worth a shot.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 07:46 am (UTC)
That's generally how I try to use handrails where, but peak hour trains are sardine tins; you very rarely have a choice as to where you stand or what you can hold onto. Most often I've needed to hold onto the handrail from the full length of my arm because there's at least one person between it and me.

Bit of trivia - Vertical handrails are the only type on our trains; there are no horizontal holds on any modern passenger train in the whole of New South Wales. Unless there are some on the new Hunter or Oscar trains. I can't recall if there were horizontal handrails on the 600 class or the old Sydney red rattlers.
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-12 12:46 am (UTC)
Sorry, o foxaroo; my sleepnessnessessessess (it ended somewhere back there, I'm sure) derive from plugged sinuses and overstimulated worry glands; annoying, but not agonizing.

With all respect, have you tried a sling? If you take the weight off the shoulder and reduce the motion of the arm, it might reduce the problem.

Best of luck.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 07:51 am (UTC)
Yes I'd like to wear a sling to work, if for no better reason than for people around me to wake up to the fact that I'm infirmed.

Unfortunately the 90 degree elbow position hurts. My shoulder is at it's least painful when the tendons are completely relaxed (with the arm flopping down).

I do appreciate the concern though. In other circumstances that would have been the right (angle) way to go. :lol:
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